Mormon Mommy Tigers?

Amy Chua

   Hmmm.  I have  mixed feelings about this. Do we really want to be on Amy Chua's honors list? Maybe so.  I like aspects of what she says. But I'm not sure that I can fully warm up to the idea of "Tiger Moms." It's absolutely obvious, though, that there are differences between cultures, and that some of those have implications for academic and economic success.  Some, in our racially charged society, apparently tr … [Read more...]

“May those who love us love us . . . “

An Irish scene

  For whatever reason, I've seen a spike in hate mail over the past few days.  So, naturally, I thought of this favorite traditional Irish curse: May those who love us love us.And those who don't love us,May God turn their hearts.And if He doesn't turn their hearts,May He turn their ankles,So we'll know them by their limping. Come to think of it, that last part would have been really useful a couple of years … [Read more...]

The New York Times versus Believing Christians?

The great and spacious New York Times Building "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."  (Barack Obama)   … [Read more...]

The Supreme Court, Utah, and Judge Shelby

The seat of the Supreme Court of the United States

  Here are a couple of pieces from Ed Whelan regarding the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and Judge Shelby's ruling on same-sex marriage in Utah:  The first was written before SCOTUS issued the stay, while the second responds to the stay.   … [Read more...]

“Being for traditional marriage does not mean being against anyone”

Mormons haters

      This is important, and needs to be stated and restated, even though some are determined not to hear it but, rather, to insist on its opposite: I'm sadly confident that there are those out there who hate homosexuals.  There must be; I'm repeatedly assured that there are, and I don't … [Read more...]

First book to be published by The Interpreter Foundation now available for pre-publication orders

It should be available around the first of February   … [Read more...]

Sacred Gifts

"The Mocking of Christ," by Frans Schwarz, flanked (on the viewer's left) by his "Mary the Annunciata" and (on the viewer's right) by his "Mary the Elder" (Please do click on the image to enlarge it.)

   If you live along the Wasatch Front or will be visiting here, you might enjoy the exhibit currently featured at Brigham Young University's Museum of Art: "Sacred Gifts: The Religious Art of Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann, and Frans Schwartz" You'll see many long-familiar pieces, but you'll see them larger, up close, in their originals.  And you'll see many others that you've never seen before. One of my favorites is shown … [Read more...]

Resources for Gospel Doctrine classes from The Interpreter Foundation

Tell al-Sultan, the site of ancient Jericho

  Students and teachers in the Gospel Doctrine classes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints might want to be aware of the resources available on the website of The Interpreter Foundation. These include, of course, our ongoing series of scripture roundtables. But don't overlook the following offerings, thus far, from Dr. Taylor Halverson: Lesson 2Approximate date of lesson: 12 January 2014"Thou Wast Chosen Before … [Read more...]